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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/kexec: Make kexec work in 5-level paging mode
On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 03:59:27AM -0800, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 02:08:45PM +0300, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
> > I've missed that we need to change relocate_kernel() to set CR4.LA57
> > flag if the kernel has 5-level paging enabled.
> >
> > I avoided to use ifdef CONFIG_X86_5LEVEL here and inferred if we need to
> > enabled 5-level paging from previous CR4 value. This way the code is
> > ready for boot-time switching between paging modes.
>
> Forgive me if I'm missing something ... can you kexec a 5-level kernel
> from a 4-level kernel or vice versa?

With this patch you can kexec from 4-to-5 and from 5-to-5 in addition to
current 4-to-4. 4-to-5 basically takes the same path as UEFI boot in new
kernel.

I think I will be able to make 5-to-4 work too, when boot-time switching
code will be upstream, assuming both kernels are build from the tree with
boot-time switching support and the new kernel is loaded below 128TiB.

For 5-to-4, kernel decompression code of the new kernel starts on 5-level
paging identity mapping constructed by caller. Decompression code then
would switch over to 4-level paging via 32-bit trampoline (we cannot
switch between 4- and 5-level paging directly) and proceed as in normal
boot.

Let me check.

--
Kirill A. Shutemov

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